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Proposal for a Council Directive concerning the minimum health and safety requirements for the use by workers of personal protective equipment. COM (88) 76 final, 7 March 1988

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COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES COM(88) 76 final Brussels, 7 March 1988 Propos_a l for a · .;,COUNCIL._(?J;RECT-lVE., -. concerning the minimum health and safety ~equirements for the use by workers of personal protective equipment (third individual Directive within the meaning of Article 13 of Directive ••• ) (1) (presented by the Commission) <1> COM(88) 73 final Barbara Rectangle Barbara Sticky Note Completed set by Barbara Barbara Rectangle Barbara Sticky Note Completed set by Barbara ~· '· (U EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM 1. Legal basis The proposal is based on Article 118A of the EEC Treaty. It falls within the framework of the Communication from the Commission on its programme concerning safety, hygiene and health at work 1) The proposal is also linked to the Directive drawn up on the basis of Article 100A, aiming at the completion of the internal market 2) through the elimination of technical barriers to trade in implementation of the new approach3>. 2. Aims of the proposal The proposal has a two-fold objective: the improvement of the safety and health of workers at work through the adequate use of personal protective.equipment; the introduction of a social element in relation to the Directive which aims at the completion of the internal market for personal protective epuipment; 1) COM (87) 520- Council Resolution 88/C28/01 of 21.12.1987, OJ C 28 of 3.2.1988 2) Commission White Paper on the completion of the internal market (Ref. COM 85 (310) final) 3) Council Resolution of 7.5.1985- OJ C 136 of 4.6.1985 e. The proposal is designed to improve the safety and health of wbrkers by e~tablishing minimum requirements with a view to ensuring the selection of personal protective equipment most appropriate to the risks present and improving the conditions in which such equipment is used. The proposal accords first priority to collective means of protection (technical or organizational means), regarding

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